“BS” used to be an abbreviation for profane compound word, referring to the excrement of a male bovine, that meant, roughly, “a statement that is not true.”
Now, we can say that “BS” is an abbreviation for “Biden Says.” The meaning of the abbreviation does not have to change. If Joe Biden says it, it is likely not to be true.
I have said before that the only time you can be sure that Joe Biden is telling the truth, is if he is plagiarizing from George Washington. He received an “F” in a law school class for plagiarism, and some of his autobiographical campaign speeches turned out to be heavily dependent upon the words of British Labor Party leader Neil Kinnock. In addition, he has the tendency to exaggerate, confuse facts, and just make things up. Some of his exaggerations include his class rank in law school, and the number of degrees he earned in college. [See the Wikipedia article linked above.]
One of his worst lies is the story he has told about his wife being killed by a drunk driver. He has told it at times, doubtless to make his life story more interesting. His wife and daughter were killed in a tragic accident, but the driver of the truck was not drunk, and he was not ruled to be at fault in the accident. The family of Curtis Dunn has had to suffer from hearing their father falsely accused.
If Sarah Palin did any of this, the media would notice, big-time, and their attempts to make her look like Dan Quayle would succeed easily.
A lot of people saw the VP debate and they thought that Senator Biden displayed “greater command of the facts.” However, on closer analysis, he remained true to form. Certainly in the heat of a debate, a few factual errors will occur. But Senator Biden’s errors have been catalogued, and he is now up to 24.
Here are a few lists of these errors:
Joe Biden’s 14 Lies (Yes this is from the McCain-Palin Website: nobody is neutral)
Keeping Up With Biden (This deals with Biden’s false statement denying that Barack Obama was willing to talk to the president of Iran without preconditions. Obama made this statement at a Democratic primary debate, Biden criticized him for it, but at the VP debate, he denied that Senator Obama had made the statement. Fortunately, there are transcripts of these sorts of things.)
Biden’s Error on the Vice Presidency (This is the part of the debate where Biden said that Dick Cheney was the most dangerous VP in America’s History. That honor, of course goes to Aaron Burr.)
One of the most telling lies/errors/hallucinations is the one where he mentions Katie’s Restaurant. This is what he said:
“Look, all you have to do is go down Union Street with me in Wilmington and go to Katie’s Restaurant or walk into Home Depot with me where I spend a lot of time and you ask anybody in there whether or not the economic and foreign policy of this administration has made them better off in the last eight years.”
The problem is, Katie’s Restaurant apparently closed 25-30 years ago, so we can’t really go there now, can we? Maybe he retrieved this line from a 1988 campaign speech.
Or maybe past, present, future, fact, and fiction are hopelessly intermingled in his mind.